I am always in search of good Red Wines. I recently came across Mike Asimos’ wine blog. I reached out to him to get his recommendations on the best red wines for this year. Below are his recommendations for the best red wines for 2018.
1. Taylors Jaraman Shiraz 2014
Asimos rates the Taylors Jaraman Shiraz 2014 as the best wine in the world. It was one of his recommendations for best wine gifts for Thanksgiving because it not only tastes great but is affordable as well. Mike says he will easily pick the $20 bottle over the more expensive kinds from France and California any day. This full-bodied red wine is characterized by rich aromas of cherry fruit and red berries with an unmistakable tinge of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. The Australian wine is made with a mixture of grapes from the Clare Valley and McLaren Vale. It makes excellent pairings with grilled steak and meat sauces.
2. 2014 K Syrah Walla Walla Valley Powerline Estate
Walla Walla Valley has become reputable for producing various award-winning wines in Washington, and the 2014 Syrah Powerline is one red to try out. It comes highly recommended for the wine aficionado who prefers the iron-laced and smoked meat flavor. The Syrah is accentuated by bold notes of licorice, black olive brine, pepper, and a hint of earth. It goes well with beef and venison, making it a nice addition to a weekend barbeque or formal dinner. Michael Asimos recommends this red for a wine lover looking to try something beyond California. It is Powerline Vineyard’s first Syrah.
3. 2007 Kapcsandy Roberta’s Reserve State
For most wine enthusiasts, a good Merlot is from Bordeaux or France, but Napa Valley produces some of the best ones. Michael Asimos calls this particular red “outstanding.” Even though the vines are still young, he figures that in about a decade or two, this wine will be one of the greatest. This vintage is 8% Cabernet Franc and 92% Merlot, with the characteristic deep purple hue of a good merlot. It has an elegant richness that is brought to life by the supple aromas of orange blossoms, mocha, cherries, and melted chocolate. It has a distant nose of camphor and smoke topped off with a rich mineral feel.
4. 2014 Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard
The Three Palms Vineyard is known for producing wines with bold mineral and fruit flavors, and this 2014 vintage does not disappoint. Aged in 100% French oak barrels, this powerful red wine consists of 2% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 86% Merlot. It has rich flavors of boysenberry, red plums, and well-structured tannins. The subtle hints of herbs, vanilla, and spice add to the complexity of this blown out Merlot that comes with a pleasant finish. It made Wine Spectator’s list of top 100 wine of 2017 with a 95-point rating.
5. 2012 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac
France topped the 2017 lists of best wine countries by the World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists. Mike chooses the 2012 Pauillac as one of the top reds from the region. For a wine lover feeling extravagant, this fine Mouton is worth it. This vintage was the first to come out of the Château Mouton new cellars. It is 2% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot, and 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with an abundant finish that feels velvety on the palate. This full-bodied red has a juicy nose that blends black currants, vanilla, truffle, and cassis. It also has a hint of cedar wood pepper and tobacco. Other Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac vintage reds that come close to this are those from 2014 to 2016.
For more wine lists and recommendations, connect with Mike Asimos on his blog at michaelasimos.com.